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Michael P. Botelho

Shareholder, Hartford

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Donna McKiernan

Michael P. Botelho represents issuers, underwriters, trustees, letter of credit banks and purchasers in general obligation bond, refunding bond and revenue bond financing transactions. He currently represents municipalities in bonding, education funding, real estate development, governance, personnel and other municipal law matters. He has also represented the State of Connecticut as bond counsel in connection with its special tax obligation bond program, one of the State's major revenue bond programs, which funds statewide transportation infrastructure improvements. Mr. Botelho represents the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Department of Housing on funding, development and real estate matters. Additionally, Mr. Botelho provides advice to commercial banks, institutional lenders and borrowers in complex asset-based, real estate and construction lending transactions.

Prior to coming to the Firm in 1999, Mr. Botelho served as General Counsel in the State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office where he advised the state treasury in such areas as investments, public finance, securities law, unclaimed property, qualified state tuition programs, workers' compensation and employment law. Mr. Botelho has considerable experience working with a number of state and municipal offices, such as the Office of Policy and Management, the State Attorney General's Office and the State Department of Transportation.

Mr. Botelho is a frequent speaker on various bonding, financing and development matters involving municipalities including the disclosure requirements imposed on municipal issuers under federal securities laws.

Mr. Botelho has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named Super Lawyer in Connecticut in the area of Government Finance (2015-2017). 

  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C., 1991
    – Dean’s List

  • B.A., magna cum laude, History, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1988
    – James Bowdoin Scholar 1985-1988
    – Class of 1875 Prize in American History
    – Thesis: “The Origin of U. S. Nonintervention in the Spanish Civil War” - High Honors
    – Semester Abroad: University of Madrid, Spring 1987

  • Bowdoin College
    Class Agent 2015 - Present
  • Congressman Rob Simmons, 2002 - 2006
    Finance Committee
    Campaign Committee

  • Connecticut Bar Association

  • Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

  • Connecticut Government Finance Officers Association

  • Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 2003 - 2009
    4th Senatorial District Award, September 2009

  • Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys

  • Glastonbury Economic Development Commission, 2003 - 2009

  • Glastonbury Republican Town Committee
    First Vice Chairman 2000 - 2002
    Executive Committee 2000 - Present
    Second Vice Chairman 2018 - Present

  • Glastonbury Town Plan and Zoning Commission, 2009 - Present
    Secretary 2016 - Present

  • Governor M. Jodi Rell, 2006
    Finance Committee

  • Governor’s Commission on Unfunded Mandates, 2006 - 2007

  • Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council, 2003 - 2009

  • Hartford Hospital Corporation
    Board of Governors 2008 - Present

  • Hartford HealthCare Corporation
    Finance Committee 2009 - 2017
    Pension Subcommittee 2012 - 2014

  • March of Dimes (Connecticut Chapter)
    Executive Leadership Committee, March for Babies 2015 - 2016
    Chairman of the Board of Directors 2009 - 2012
    Board of Directors 2003 - 2014
    Public Affairs Chair 2005 - 2009
    2012 Leadership Award

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    Chair 2019  Disclosure Policy Committee
    Chair 2012 Tax & Securities Law Institute, March 8-9, 2012
    Vice Chair 2011 Tax & Securities Law Institute, March 3-4, 2011
    Securities Vice Chair 2010 Tax & Securities Law Institute, February 18-19, 2010
    Securities Law and Disclosure Committee

  • Republican Presidential Nominee John S. McCain, 2008
    State Lead Counsel
    Campaign Coordinator for First Congressional District
    Delegate to Republican National Convention

  • State of Connecticut

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

“Opportunity Knocks for Community Banks,” The Connecticut Law Tribune, December 1995

“A New Day Dawning: The Role of Connecticut’s Community Banks in the Post- Merger Era,” The Commercial Record, July 1995

“Unraveling the Workouts of the Early Nineties,” The Commercial Record, June 1995

  • Faculty Member, Tax & Securities Law Institute: "SEC Enforcement" Sponsor: National Association of Bond Lawyers, February 22-23, 2018

  • Faculty Member, Tax & Securities Law Institute:  "Risk Factor and Risk Disclosure in the Municipal Securities Market" Sponsor: National Association of Bond Lawyers, March 9-10, 2017

  • Faculty Member, Tax & Securities Law Institute: "Securities and Tax Law Issues in Private Placements and Bank Loan Transactions" Sponsor: National Association of Bond Lawyers, March 5-6, 2015

  • Faculty Member, Tax & Securities Law Institute: "Current Disclosure Issues in Primary Offerings" Sponsor: National Association of Bond Lawyers, March 27-28, 2014

  • Panel Member: “Changes to the Continuing Disclosure Regime for Municipal Issuers” Sponsor: Connecticut Government Finance Officers Association, April 2, 2009

  • Faculty Member, Tax & Securities Law Institute: “Continuing Disclosure Issues” Sponsor: National Association of Bond Lawyers, March 5-6, 2009

  • Faculty Member, Tax & Securities Law Institute: “Small Issuer Practice Mini- Summit” Sponsor: National Association of Bond Lawyers, February 21-22, 2008

  • Moderator: “New Assistance for Brownfield Remediation” Sponsors: Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. and Connecticut Development Authority, January 29, 2002

  • Faculty Member: “Electronic Issues in the Municipal Bond Context” Sponsor: National Association of Bond Lawyers, May 3-4, 2001

  • Panel Member and Moderator: “Issuer Beware: Emerging Issues Concerning Electronic Disclosure of Municipal Financial Information and Other Data” Sponsor: Connecticut Government Finance Officers Association, February 2, 2001

  • Moderator: “The Continuing Debate over Dead-Hand Pills” Sponsor: The Council of Institutional Investors

  • Faculty Member: Commercial Real Estate Transactions Seminar Sponsor: Connecticut Bar Association